St. Louis, MO – The area's regional planning agency Wednesday gave its approval to the route and basic design of a proposed trolley through the Delmar Loop. The route approved by the East-West Gateway Council of Governments would run from the History Museum in Forest Park to a stop just east of University City's city hall.
Clayton, MO – The St. Louis County Council is once again discussing a ban on smoking in most public places.
The Council narrowly defeated a ban in 2005 and 2006. The effort now is to put a ban on the November 2009 ballot.
A vote will likely come next week; the sponsor, Councilwoman Barbara Fraser from the Fifth District has not decided whether she will exempt casinos and bars that make less than 25 percent of their money from the sale of foods.
St. Louis – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has received enough federal money to prevent 105 officers from losing their jobs.
The department generally employed about 1380 officers. But the city's budget for fiscal year 2010 provided funding for just 1295 officers. The department was able to cut 37 positions through attrition, and the $8.7 million in federal Community-Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, grants will prevent any further job losses.